Just received my copy of FG&H and SW. Its impossible to get anything in South Africa, so Amazon has been my saving grace in getting Tolkien material. Look forward to reading them!!!
I would just like to comment on Tolkien's term: eucatastrophe
It is the most amazing word for something that seldom happens, seldom, but not never. It often gives me hope when I feel that things are as bad as they're ever going to get. Hope has saved many characters in the works of Tolkien and stops me from giving up in difficult situations many many times. If only Tolkien could have known that his works would touch the lives of his readers in such powerful ways.
I'm also curious about one thing, unrelated to this entire website I'm afraid.
How do the English people pronounce worcester?
We in SA have a worcester about an hours drive away from cape town (beautiful small place surrounded by mountains, but hot as hell during the summer and cold as the arctic during the winter). Pronounced voo-ster.
Hope to join you soon in your discussion on the books. So far, reading the discusion above, the books sound really interesting and entertaining.
I gave hope to men, I have kept no hope for myself.